Aruba Red, the lady with the smooth vocals and bold lyrics.
(Photography by Michael Antoniou 2011)
When did you discover your talent?
I have always sang and written poetry and short stories for as long as I can remember. I don’t know if I ever discovered my talent as such, I think it was more a case of me being chased by the need to express myself, it wouldn’t leave me alone until I did something about it. It’s always just been about expression and using words and music as an outlet for emotions and struggles.
What motivates and inspires your music?
I am motivated and inspired by things that set my soul on fire. Love and pain and back again.
“Light Up” Ft. Jah Cure
Describe your audience?
The people that tell me they enjoy my music and come to my shows come from a very diverse demographic. The vibe seems to cross boundaries.
People of all ages and backgrounds that have one thing in common… they are interested in something real, they are looking for something a little deeper and more honest than your average. People who are a bit tired of the pop machine. Freedom fighters, rebels, sufferers, protestors, lovers of life and haters of hate.
What keeps you going when you don’t want to/ have a set back?
The thing that has kept me traveling on this winding road, isn’t the pursuit of riches or fame, it comes from something else and when things get tough it’s the messages I get from complete strangers across the world with words of encouragement about my music. People who tell me that my music expresses how they feel or that it has helped them through tough times. That’s what helps me. Also, the people that music has brought into my life. Like minded, creative individuals that are having a positive impact on the world through their art.
“Getaway Driver” for SB.TV’s A64 (No microphone!)
What is your proudest moment so far?
My proudest moment so far was when my best friend phoned me after the birth of her baby boy and told me that her son had been born at home to my song ‘Take Me Down’, that was an amazing feeling!
What are your plans for the rest of 2011 (and beyond)?
I’m currently in the studio writing new songs and getting ready for the future. There are a lot of exciting things coming up both here in the UK and overseas. I’m not going to say too much now but I’m looking forward to finding out what the future holds. I’m going to carry enjoying the journey and not worrying too much about the destination.
Friday 4th March – supporting Natty at Passing Clouds, Dalston: http://www.facebook.com/event.phpeid=199459700070185
Wednesday 16th March – Milly’s World at The Monarch, Camden: http://www.facebook.com/event.phpeid=194732980551751
Sunday 22nd May – your event!
One Love Festival & Glastonbury Festival ~ details coming soon!
I met Aruba Red on twitter and invited her to perform at the 1st First Lady event, she immediately agreed as she is very passionate about fighting the good fight and not just supporting others but giving people the opportunity to make changes. She loved that this is the aim of the work Kenema’s Big Sister (Kenema & Co’s charity) and Inspirational YOU. We were all totally blown away by her acapella acoustic performance, everybody at the event was left wanting more. Aruba Red’s music comes straight from the heart enabling her to create beautiful honest music that can be appreciated by everyone regardless of age, race, culture… We are EXTREMELY excited and grateful that she will be working with us again!